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Pronunciation: tem'plat


  1. A pattern or guide that determines the shape of a substance.
  2. Metaphorically, the specifying nature of a macromolecule, usually a nucleic acid or polynucleotide, with respect to the primary structure of the nucleic acid or polynucleotide or protein made from it in vivo or in vitro.
  3. In dentistry, a curved or flat plate used as an aid in setting teeth.
  4. An outline used to trace teeth, bones, or soft tissue to standardize their form.
  5. A pattern or guide that determines the specificity of antibody globulins.

[Fr. templet, temple of a loom, fr. L. templum, small timber]

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